2019 Practice News


It’s a New Year — Commit to Better Breathing

With the new year comes new opportunities for health goals and resolutions. For allergy and asthma sufferers, it's the perfect time to get the wheezing and sneezing under control and commit to better breathing in 2020!

It's Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot

Although the flu vaccine is recommended for most children and adults, it is especially important for anyone with respiratory issues, particularly our patients with asthma and chronic sinusitis.


Allergy Symptoms Triggered by Dust? Treatment Options to Help You Breathe Easier

If you are one of the millions of Americans whose allergy symptoms are triggered by dust, you might be allergic to house dust mites.

Allergy & Asthma Tips for a Happy Holiday Season

The holiday and winter season can be a tough time for individuals with allergies or asthma. From the cold weather to all the holiday family meals, it’s important to be aware of potential risks.

2019 Allergy Extract Order Deadline: 12/18/19

If you would like to reorder your allergy extract, and have it billed to insurance in this calendar year, you must do so by Wednesday, December 18th. Any orders placed after that date will not be filled, or billed, until 2020.


Dr. John Zora to Retire After 34 Years with Atlanta Allergy & Asthma

After 34 years with Atlanta Allergy & Asthma, Dr. John Zora will be retiring at the end of this year. Dr. Zora will continue to see patients on Tuesdays and Thursdays in our Alpharetta office through December 2019. His partner, Dr. Lily Hwang, and our team in Alpharetta will continue to provide our Alpharetta patients with the highest level of care.

Tips for Safe Trick or Treating with Food Allergies

Make sure your family is well protected this Halloween season and check out our tips for your favorite trick-or-treaters.

Holiday Closing Dates

All Atlanta Allergy & Asthma offices will be closed on the following days during the holiday season.

Stockbridge Office in New Location

Our new facility is designed to better meet the needs of our patients and offers better access and visibility from the main road.

Have You Met Your Deductible? Good Time to Schedule an Allergy Test

The end of the year is a good time to think about how to get the most from your health insurance, including scheduling an appointment for an allergy test. Both allergy testing and treatments are covered by most insurance plans, so if you’ve met your deductible for the year, your out-of-pocket costs could be minimal, or possibly zero.

IDF Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency – 11/10/19 in Lawrenceville

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma is proud to support the Immune Deficiency Foundation and their Annual IDF Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency, Sunday, November 10th at Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville, GA.

Join Us in Supporting FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project

The Teal Pumpkin Project supports a safe trick-or-treating experience for kids with food allergies. Learn where to get your teal pumpkins and ideas for non-food treats!

Susan B. Berkowitz, FNP-BC Retires After 25 years with Atlanta Allergy & Asthma

We’d like to wish Nurse Practitioner, Susan B. Berkowitz, a fond farewell and a big thank you for her 25 years of service to Atlanta Allergy & Asthma and our patients. Susan began her career at AAA in 1994, initially handling patients in our clinical research trials. She was instrumental in building and growing our nationally renowned research program.


First Food Allergy Treatment One Step Closer to FDA Approval

On Friday, September 13th, the Allergenic Products Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted to recommend approval of an oral immunotherapy (OIT) product for peanut allergy.

Study Finds Unusual Trigger for Fall Allergy Symptoms

Fall allergy season in Atlanta and the Southeast has historically been characterized by weed pollen, particularly ragweed. But in a study conducted using data from the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Pollen Counting Station, an interesting trend was uncovered.


Back to School with Allergies and Asthma

Back-to-school season is a very busy time for all families, but if your child has allergies or asthma, it can feel even more hectic. Here are some tips for those families to keep in mind as they get back into the school routine.


Hereditary Angioedema

Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) is a rare genetic condition associated with an important protein in the blood that is either low or does not function appropriately.


All Offices Closed July 4th

All Atlanta Allergy & Asthma offices will be closed Thursday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. All offices with regular Friday hours will be open on Fri, July 5th. Have a great holiday!

Eight Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Physicians Receive Top Doctors Honors

Eight physicians from Atlanta Allergy & Asthma — the largest allergy practice in Georgia — rank among metro Atlanta’s Top Doctors in Atlanta magazine’s July issue. More than half of the physicians in the publication’s allergy and immunology category come from this one practice.

Expiration Dates Extended 4 months on EpiPen 0.3 Auto-Injectors

Due to the continued shortages of EpiPen®, Pfizer and Mylan are coordinating with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to extend the expiration dates by 4 months of all EpiPen epinephrine auto-injectors and its authorized generic on the market in the U.S. after a review of stability data.

Tips for Protecting Yourself Against Harmful Air Quality

Most of our patients know the effect of pollen, dust, and animal dander have on people with asthma. Nearly 60% of people with asthma have allergies that make their asthma worse.


How Do Allergies and Asthma Impact Your Child’s Performance in School?

If your child has allergies or asthma, there is more to think about than just next year's class schedule and outgrown clothing. Find out how allergies and asthma can affect your child's performance at school.

The Food Allergy Epidemic

Two recent studies have revealed that 32 million Americans — more than double what was previously believed — are living with a potentially life-threatening food allergy.

Show Us Your Epi!

Although exciting research is currently being done, at this time there is no cure for food allergies. The only way to prevent reactions is to completely avoid the food you are allergic to.

May is National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

May is “National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month.” It’s peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, which makes this a perfect time to educate patients, friends, family, and co-workers about these diseases.


Pollen Count Equipment Experiencing Technical Issues

The Atlanta Allergy & Asthma daily pollen count process is experiencing some technical issues. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and are available to address any questions you may have.

Over The Counter Not Working? You Are Not Alone

Anyone suffering with seasonal allergies knows the local pharmacy carries shelves full of over-the-counter medications to help manage symptoms. Unfortunately, most seasonal allergy sufferers take over-the counter (OTC) products rather than the treatments they actually prefer — prescription medications and allergen immunotherapy.


Free Asthma Screenings at 83rd Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma is excited to participate in this annual rite of spring – The Atlanta Dogwood Festival, April 12-14th at Piedmont Park.

Allergy Program on 4/16/19 at Collins Hill Library, Lawrenceville

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma physician, Lily Hwang, MD, will present and lead a discussion on allergic diseases and asthma as part of the Gwinnett County Public Library Wellness Program. The event is open to the public: Tuesday, 4/16, 6:30-7:30 pm at Collins Hill Library in Lawrenceville.

Education Meeting for Patients with Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases – 4/13/19

Join us for the Immune Deficiency Foundation's Annual Education Meeting for individuals and family members living with primary immunodeficiency diseases. Learn the latest about diagnosis and treatment of primary immunodeficiency diseases and meet others in the discussion sessions. Get your questions answered by medical experts, including our own Dr. Howard Silk.

Food Allergy Update

Food allergy is a significant problem that affects an estimated 32 million people in the U.S. including 5.6 million children. But recent developments in the search for a cure, or at least for treatment options that reduce the risk of a severe reaction, have given hope to families that struggle with this life-threatening condition.

Now Offering New Patient Consultations Within 24 Hours

We are offering new patient consultations with an allergy expert within 24 hours at many of our 17 locations.

What Is Alpha-Gal Syndrome?

Most people who develop alpha-gal syndrome in the U.S. develop the condition after a Lone Star tick bites them.

Atlanta Allergy Participates in American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb

Step up to the challenge! Atlanta Allergy & Asthma is proud to again sponsor the American Lung Association’s Climb Atlanta, a vertical race to the top of The Promenade — a 40 story skyscraper in downtown Atlanta. Join us Saturday, April 27th.


Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Research Department Receives Syneos Research Site Appreciation Award

Congratulations to our Research Department on receipt of the Syneos Research Site Appreciation Award in recognition of their contribution to the Aimmune sponsored oral immunotherapy study for peanut allergy.

Tools to Manage Your Health

We are excited to announce that we have recently added online bill pay to our list of features designed to help you manage your health.

Study: Millions Misdiagnose Food Allergies

A recent study published in JAMA Network Open estimates nearly 19 percent of adults think they have food allergies, but less than 11 percent actually do.